The University of Potsdam was designed as a classical university. Five faculties form the pillars of the institution. They are the Philosophical Faculty, Humanities, Law, Economics and Social Sciences and the Natural Sciences-Mathematics Faculty. With the establishment of supra-faculty, interdisciplinary areas, the University of Potsdam places special emphasis on areas beyond the teaching and research activities of the individual institutes. These fields include the Geo-Sciences, Educational Science, the Potsdam Model of Teacher Training, the Cognitive Sciences, Complex Systems, Comparative Cultural Studies, Life Sciences, Soft Matter as well as Economics/Institutions and Administration.